The House Energy and Commerce Committee published the third in a series of white papers on Monday in its ongoing, year-long effort to gather data that will lay the  groundwork for updates to the 1934 Communications Act. Titled, Competition Policy and the Role of the Federal Communications Commission, the white paper solicits public input on the FCC’s role in determining competition policy as markets, industries and technologies evolve to bring about “the integration of voice, video and data services across multiple platforms.” Describing the telecommunications and technology sectors as “among the most dynamic in our economy,” the white paper asks, “how this dynamic affects competition policy” and how “the Communications Act, as well as policies at the FCC, promote or limit competition in the marketplace.” Among other things, the paper asks stakeholders to comment on (1) how Congress should define competition in the modern telecommunications marketplace, (2) the principles that should form the basis of competition policy, and (3) the implications of intermodal competition on both competition and spectrum policy and on the FCC’s role in analyzing and approving mergers. Comment is also requested on the FCC’s role in regulating edge providers “of services that are network agnostic” and on “what regulatory construct would best address the changing face of competition in the modern communications ecosystem and remain flexible to address future change.” The deadline for submitting responses is June 13. Declaring, “we have received great input from our first two white papers,” committee chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and House Communications Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) told reporters: “[we] look forward to continued public response as we work to ensure our laws appropriately reflect the realities of the innovation era.”